Description and qualifications

Date: April 18, 2022

Position Title: Grassroots Advocacy Manager

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. This is a Washington, DC based (preferred) opportunity for a motivated individual to join a public policy and advocacy team committed to making a difference in the lives of people with paralysis and/or mobility impairments.

Today, we seek a Grassroots Advocacy Manager who will develop, coordinate, and implement grassroots activities for Reeve’s grassroots advocates, in coordination with internal departments and consultants, to further advance the organization’s mission and grow community engagement. The role will manage and oversee all aspects of the Reeve Foundation’s Regional Champions grassroots advocacy education program and lead efforts to increase recruitment and engagement of nearly 10,000 online advocates.

Additionally, the individual will be responsible for performing job duties, interacting with the community and coworkers, and managing themselves in a manner consistent with and in support of the organization’s mission and core values

Job Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Oversee the Reeve Foundation’s Regional Champions advocacy and education program, which includes keeping current on the Foundation’s policy and advocacy agenda to create and implement tactics to enhance grassroots network, coordinating communications with the grassroots network, development of training webinars and activities, analyzing grassroots action to encourage maximum participation, and maintaining grassroots databases.
  • Provide project management support for advocacy and policy initiatives, including managing timelines, tasks, and deliverables.
  • Develop and update advocacy campaign action alerts (10-12 a year), webinars (6-8 per year), weekly email updates to Regional Champions, state fact sheets on a quarterly basis, letters, and toolkits as needed.
  • Approach the building of a grassroots network in the spirit of diversity, equity, and inclusion, where every individual is valued and respected.
  • Develop, organize, and execute at least two regional advocacy trainings per year outside of Washington, DC
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of an annual Reeve Advocacy Summit.

People

  • Develop strategies to increase recruitment and engagement of the 55+ Regional Champions and nearly 10,000 online advocates.
  • Serve as the liaison with the Reeve Foundation’s online advocate platform provider.
  • Represent the Reeve Foundation at advocacy and policy-related meetings, events, webinars, and coalition meetings for national and Washington, DC based organizations.
  • Attend and/or exhibit at national and local conferences and meetings to promote and educate about the National Paralysis Resource Center’s (NPRC) services to various audiences.

Data

  • Maintain Regional Champions database of contact information and advocacy activities.
  • Keep abreast of best practices and trends in grassroots advocacy.
  • Analyze online advocate trends to help inform improved community engagement efforts through the grassroots platform.
  • Ensure fact sheets are current and available to Regional Champions and policymakers.
  • Review and update web content on leading policy and advocacy issues and priorities.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 3-5 years’ experience.
  • An advocate-focused service orientation; community organizing, recruiting, and training skills.
  • Knowledge of grassroots advocacy efforts, trends, and the legislative process.
  • Minimum Four-year college (Bachelor’s Degree).

Preferred:

  • Experience in disability public policy.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Computer/Technical Skills:

  • Experience or familiarity with fundamentals of online grassroots platforms.
  • Ability to utilize MS Office and video conferencing and meeting platforms.

Candidate should:

  • Be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Be organized with a strong attention to details.
  • Be a self-starter who takes initiative
  • Be a team player with strong collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrate confidence.

Travel:

Approximately travel required (2-4 times a year)

Physical Demands/Office Environment:

This position is primarily a sedentary role but will have periods of physical activity. The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. As stated above, the position involves moderate travel.In addition, this person will need to be able to set up live events, including exhibit booths, stages for presenters and displays.They will need to be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

The Foundation is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination that supports individual dignity and respect. Accordingly, the Foundation maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful harassment, and any type of discriminatory treatment because of any “Protected Characteristic”.

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]